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by Jim Fields and Michael Gramaglia
End of the Century follows punk progenitors The Ramones through more than two decades of touring, recording, and bickering.
by Michal Goldman
A look at the tumultuous first year of an experimental middle school of low-income, ethnically diverse students in inner-city Boston.
by Virgilio Bravo and Loira Limbal
Estilo Hip Hop chronicles the lives of three hip-hop enthusiasts from Brazil, Chile, and Cuba who firmly believe that hip hop can change the world.
by Jonathan Robinson
Every Child is Born a Poet is a multimedia chronicle of Nuyorican author Piri Thomas’s transformation from gang member and prison convict to acclaimed writer, activist, and educator.
Independent Lens, True Stories
by Tami Gold and Kelly Anderson
The story of three women from vastly different backgrounds who unite to protest the deaths of their sons, all of whom died suspiciously in the custody of the NYPD.
by Dawn Logsdon
Nestled at the edge of New Orleans’ fabled French Quarter, Faubourg Tremé is one of America’s oldest African American neighborhoods: it is also the origin of the civil rights movement in the South, and the birthplace of jazz.
by Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras
What happens when gay white people move into a black working-class neighborhood? This up-close look at gentrification leads viewers on a journey into a divided community.
by Jeremy Levine, Landon Van Soest, and Nick Weissman
School of Last Resort follows three teenagers in St. Louis — one of the most dangerous cities in America — as they move from juvenile court to an experimental educational program that offers them one last chance to get their lives on track.
by Jesse Lerner a nd Rubén Ortiz Torres
A look at the convergence of Mexican and American cultures where least expected — in Vancouver’s Chinatown, and in the homes of European collectors of pre-Columbian art.
by Mai Iskander
The world’s largest garbage village is just outside Cairo. The Zabaleen (Arabic for “garbage people”) recycle 80 percent of the trash they collect, but now multinational corporations threaten their livelihood.
Independent Lens, Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection